There will be a vote on a proposed deal that would include a new collective bargaining agreement and settlement of all legal issues later Wednesday, a NFL Players Association source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The agents for Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson and Patriots guard Logan Mankins reportedly are demanding their clients become unrestricted free agents or receive $10 million payments as part of the settlement of the Brady antitrust suit.
As the labor battle between NFL owners and players moved from the bargaining table to the courtroom, judges at each stop have urged both sides to reach an agreement before they have to issue significant rulings.
NFL players urged a federal appeals court Friday to declare the lockout illegal, saying the league had no right to impose a work stoppage that is now approaching three months with no sign of a deal that will save the 2011 season.
Lifting football's labor lockout without a new contract in place would allow better-off teams to sign the best players, tipping the NFL's competitive balance and damaging the league, attorneys for the owners argued in court papers Monday.